Edit Module Edit Module
Bookmark and Share Email this page Email Print this page Print Pin It

Fresh Kitchen Contest 2013: More of our Favorites

We received dozens of entries for the Fresh Kitchen Contest, so choosing the winners was a difficult task. Here, you will find the rest of our finalists. These kitchens exhibit some of the best renovations in Birmingham. Meet the creative teams who designed and built these spaces and find out their resources for countertops, cabinets, flooring, and more.

Tom Coan - Case Design/Remodel

4220 Cahaba Heights Court
Birmingham, AL, 35243

These homeowners had a truly unique vision for the kitchen in their turn-of-the-century home. Working from nothing but the studs, they wanted a design with a contemporary edge. Custom cabinetry in shades of gray make up the U-shaped layout with European details like garage-style door lifts and hidden drawers. Working with the designer, the clients drew an organically-shaped peninsula for the quartzite countertops. The backsplash makes a statement using tile from the graffiti artist Banksy, in keeping with the modern and industrial theme.

Carrie Norton, Standard Creative

130 41st Street South, Suite 102
Birmingham, AL 35222

This kitchen originally had an odd floor plan with angled walls and a peninsula island that inhibited circulation through the breakfast room and living room. The washer and dryer were squeezed into the pantry and furniture was difficult to lay out because of the lack of spatial definition between the kitchen and the living room. The renovation not only updated finishes and gave the kitchen a new island, but also improved circulation to adjacent rooms, gave the space structure, and provided a new laundry room, pantry, and wet bar, all accessible to the centrally-located kitchen. New windows provided better light to the space, and wood accents in the new lintel and island millwork gave it warmth and character.

Appleseed Workshop

409 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd South
Birmingham, AL  35233

Appleseed Workshop used the existing kitchen footprint in this Homewood cottage, taking a more traditional kitchen and modernizing it. They added new custom-built cabinetry, white quartz countertops, and a glass backsplash, and  also incorporated the existing wood island top into a new island. The dark cabinets and light counters and tile provided a modern contrast, while other elements such as the metal wine rack gave the kitchen an urban appeal. Appleseed decided to add shelving at the windows instead of cabinets to brighten and open up the relatively small space. All new appliances and fixtures were added in the space. The laundry room (off of the kitchen) was also renovated with custom cabinetry and a folding counter.

Appleseed Workshop

409 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd South
Birmingham, AL  35233

In this kitchen and living room renovation, Appleseed Workshop knocked down the main dividing wall between the two spaces. This created one large open room for entertaining. The custom cabinetry, light fixtures, and finishes reflect the original ranch style of the home while also updating the space. A new range was moved to the peninsula that now divides the two spaces, and glass shelving was hung from the soffit. The new DCS range replaced the modern-for-the-time pull-out oven in the original galley kitchen, and a new mudroom with storage and a hidden door was also added in the renovation.

European Kitchen of Alabama

2717 2nd Ave South, Suite A

This classic traditional kitchen features white painted Shaker-style cabinets with soapstone and marble countertops. The highlight of the space is the French LaCornue range with double ovens, finished in matte black with brass accents that complement the brass hardware used throughout. All appliances have been fully integrated and are hidden behind cabinet panels. The dark wood stained island and warm wood floors make the kitchen inviting while allowing for heavy use by the family. Double layer upper cabinets allow for additional storage and display space.

Lee Welden, Counter Dimensions

2726 Chandalar Place Dr.
Pelham, AL 35124

We took a dated kitchen with white thermo-foil cabinets and navy laminate countertops and updated it with Shiloh All Wood white painted inset cabinets stacked to the ceiling with Cambria Quartz countertops in Minera. The island and china hutch were in contrasting cabinets in Espresso stain with Cambria Bellingham countertops. Because the top cabinets were so high, a library ladder from Putnam Rolling Ladder Company was installed using black cast iron hooks and poles and an oak ladder, stained to match the hardwood floors. White marble subway tiles were used as the back splash, with the exception of a stainless steel panel installed behind the cooktop.

Christopher Architects and Interiors

4644 Old Looney Mill Road

The Gibson home was one of Christopher Architects’s first projects. The details are beautiful and the interiors are stunning.



Lori Dorsky - Day Star Construction

4005 2nd Avenue South, Birmingham

This project involved taking a nice 1970s kitchen/breakfast area and renovating it into a modern, one-of-a-kind designer kitchen. The renovation includes fabulous custom cabinetry, wood floors, a wood ceiling, and an incredible centerpiece island. Cabinets by Robert Shirley


Add your comment: